December 3, 2023

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Prof  Isa Pantami, Lagos Commissioner of Science and Technology, Hakeem Fahm, and Director of IT, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mrs Rakiya Mohammed are expected at Nigerian Software Testing Qualification Board (NGSTQB) first Software Testing Conference in Nigeria codenamed ‘TestNigeria Conference 1.0’.

Others are Country Manager Nigeria & Ghana, Microsoft Nigeria, Ms. Ola Williams, National Commissioner / CEO, Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB), Dr. Vincent Olatunji; Director-General, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Dr. Dan- Azumi Ibrahim and other speakers drawn from leading software companies such as Inlaks and the Global Accelerex.

Fahm will deliver the keynote at the conference, to be held November 23, at Lagos Oriential Hotel, Lekki. Its theme is “Impact of Software Quality Assurance in the Nigerian Digital Economy”.

Designed as a platform for software professionals to discuss how the Nigerian IT ecosystem can start developing quality software that meets international standards and help achieve Nigeria’s Digital Economy Strategy, the conference is targeted at software developers, banks, government institutions, telcos, fintech companies, industry regulators and major users of sensitive software among others.

Also, the President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), Mr. Olivier Denoo, is among experts scheduled to speak at the two-day event with Mr. Bob Van de Burgt, the Test Maturity Model integration Foundation (TMMi) Local Chapter Manager; Dr. Babatunde Oghenobruche Obrimah, Chief Operating Officer, FINTECH Association of Nigeria and Dr. Chika O. Yinka-Banjo, Department of Computer Sciences, University of Lagos, all confirmed to speak.

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Mr. Boye Dare, the President of NGSTQB, said TestNigeria Conference 1.0 will feature networking cocktail, keynote presentations, panel sessions and fireside chat including special sessions on Software Test Improvement in Organisations; Growing Software Testing Ecosystem in Nigeria’s Educational Sector, and Need for Certified Test Professionals in Organisations.

While reemphasizing the need for software testing, Mr. Dare said is it vital for Nigeria to be identified as a country with high-quality software.

He said:  “Testing is necessary because we all make mistakes. Some of those mistakes are unimportant, but some are expensive and dangerous.

“Software failures can be devastating to company value and reputation. For example, UK-based loan company Provident Financial lost 1.7 billion pounds (about $2.4 billion) of market value in 2017 after a bug in their newly developed scheduling software, such that barely half of their loan debts were collected when due. This bug cost the company 120 million pounds ($170 million) in profit loss, and the fiasco is considered a record-breaking loss.

“In a recent report by Synopsys, Inc, in conjunction with Consortium for Information & Software Quality (CISQ), the cost of poor software quality in the US in 2020 was approximately $2.08 trillion.

“According to Nigeria’s Digital Economy strategy, Nigerians are highly innovative people, and a thriving digital economy will create employment opportunities for Nigeria’s teeming population and lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty.”

The NGSTQB President, therefore, said that achieving Nigeria’s Digital Economy strategy is the collective responsibility of all individuals and businesses.

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